Special Menschen: Sheldon Lampert & Marilyn Schimpf

Special Menschen: Sheldon Lampert & Marilyn Schimpf

Hitting Just the Right Note

2015: The Lamperts“Music can bring good hearts together,” asserts Marilyn Schimpf, a professional cellest who came to Washington to play with the Air Force Band. She pauses to smile at her husband Sheldon Lampert, a violinist with the National Symphony Orchestra, for 40 years. She and Sheldon met playing chamber music at a music teacher’s home and discovered they shared a dedication to music, as performers and instructors, and a special joy in playing together. They have been married for 38 years.

Today, their “good hearts” extend beyond the musical realm to a passion for philanthropy. Working with Director of Gift Planning Elana Lippa, Marilyn and Sheldon have established charitable gift annuities, enabling them to diversify their retirement income and lower taxable income.

 “We feel that the quality of care provided to the elderly by the staff members at Charles. E. Smith Life Communities is very heartfelt and people-centered, with strong emphasis on prolonging independence and quality of life, says Sheldon. The son of immigrant Jews, he witnessed the tremendous benefit his mother derived from the "exceptionally kind staff" at another Hebrew Home for the elderly in Brooklyn, NY, where she spent her final years. The couple knows their support will ensure the same level of respect and compassion for seniors on our campus.


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